Virginia native Aerialist Aidan Bryant delivers high-stakes performance on AGT: Advances to Finals
'I just pray for his safety the entire time because hanging from his feet makes me a little nervous' - Pam Bennett
PRINCE GEORGE - America's Got Talent contestant Aidan Bryant is still in the running to win a $1 million prize and the title.
The amazingly talented Prince George teen trained himself to become an aerialist.
Two years ago, Bryant was using a tree as his performance platform. Now, he's showing America his talent on the iconic Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood, California.
Amazing flips, inversions, and turns earned Bryant enough votes to make it to the Semifinals. His mom Pam Bennett and brother Colton Bennett were seated in the audience.
America loves seeing his dangerous, beautiful, Vegas-worthy performances on NBC's Season 16 of "America's Got Talent" ["AGT"].
Tuesday night, Aug. 31, Bryant's high-flying aerial performance thrilled the audience and viewers so much so that he earned enough votes to advance to the AGT Finals.
After hearing the results, Bryant gave a loud shout-out to Prince George!
"I think you're spectacular, and your story is amazing," said Judge Sofia Vergara. "I'm so happy for you. Keep doing what you're doing."
Judge Simon Cowell thought Bryant brought his A-game.
"When I referred to one act that I thought was outstanding last night, I was talking about you Aidan," said Cowell. "Honestly, right now, I genuinely do believe you are the one to beat."
"Last night was crazy," posted Bryant on Instagram. "All four judges were standing."
The Season 16 judges include Cowell, Vergara, Howie Mandell, and Heidi Klum.
"Honestly, I felt he was going to nail this performance because he felt really confident that everything would go right and that he would do his best," said Pam Bennett.
Bryant's mom wasn't sure the judges or America would be able to feel the intensity of how hard it is for Aidan to do the moves because he makes it look so easy.
Whether America "gets it" or not, they love him!
"Before and while he’s performing, I just pray for his safety the entire time because hanging from his feet makes me a little nervous, but I know he can do it," said Bennett. "Each time he performs on stage, he gets a little more comfortable and confident."
Now, Bryant has to come up with another impressive, edge-of-your-seat performance to win AGT.
"We both never expected to possibly win AGT," said Bennett. "From the first virtual audition in December 2020 until now, it’s just so hard to believe he’s made it this far. It’s a lot of pressure, but he tends to handle it well."
"I’m so excited and words can’t describe how I am feeling for my brother. I’m here in L.A. with him and was able to see him at both performances, and I will be here for the finals as well," said Bryant's brother.
Colton Bryant fully supports his brother and can't wait to see what he does - not only in the Finals - but in his future.
Assistant Principal Donna Harris at Bryant's school thinks he is a superstar and a true PG Royal.
"The faculty and staff of Prince George High School are so excited that Aidan is advancing to the AGT Finals," said Harris. "We are so proud of all that he has accomplished. Prince George High School loves you, Aidan Bryant!"
NBC's AGT airs performance shows on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET and results shows on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET. The season 16 finale will air live on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EST with the winner announced the next night.
Remaining “AGT” 2021 schedule:
- Tuesday, Sept. 7 — Semifinals 2 performance show
- Wednesday, Sept. 8 — Semifinals 2 results show
- Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Finale performance show
- Wednesday, Sept. 15 — Finale results show
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